Privacy in the Platform Economy: In the tracking business, access to the customers desktop was in firm hands of Google and Facebook. Until recently!

SnakeOil promises people security to get them install software that’s capable of eavesdropping ssl and all other access to a computers interaction. Quite obvious to see this is a good source to profile a users behavior. A violation of users privacy for the sake of security. You sure all read the fineprint in the anti virus software, right?

Now apparently, somebody in the SnakeOil industry figured that out. A recent leak disclosed Avast Antivirus leverages their market access to almost hald a billion user profiles and devices to package up this insight. ÔÇťevery searchÔÇŁ that promises ‘Every search. Every click. Every buy. On every site.’. Of course the target audience is the same as for marketing- and tracking clients.

Source: vice.

See also:

https://twitter.com/josephfcox/status/1221796061678694401

Symantec will Sicherheitsanbieter Lifelock ├╝bernehmen

Digitalisierung verlagert vieles Allt├Ągliche ins Internet, und die Unsicherheit um den Umgang mit dieser neuen Situation wird von Sicherheitsfirmen schon lange ausgenutzt. Nun will Symantec offenbar Schutz vor Identit├Ątsdiebstahl anbieten und dazu einen umstrittenen Anbieter ├╝bernehmen:

2,3 Milliarden US-Dollar will Symantec zahlen, um sich mit einem Anbieter f├╝r Schutz vor Identit├Ątsdiebstahl zu verst├Ąrken. Die Firma namens Lifelock musste aber schon zwei Millionenstrafen wegen nicht gehaltener Werbeversprechen zahlen.

via: Symantec will umstrittenen Sicherheitsanbieter Lifelock schlucken | heise online

Project Zero looks at Kaspersky.

Google’s “Project Zero” took a look at Kaspersky’s products. The result is unpleasant, if not to say devastating.

The closing statement is a constructive mention towards Antivirus products.

In future, we would like to see antivirus unpackers, emulators and parsers sandboxed, not run with SYSTEM privileges.